The portrayal of Circe in the Odyssey is actually infuriating, she’s a beautiful nymph who lures Odysseus into bed (what else did women do in ancient times, even powerful witches) and turns his men into pigs. She uses her womanly charms to distract our innocent hero from his journey home to his wife. She is supposed to represent the dangers of excessive pleasure and comfort, and by giving her a story, by giving her a voice, Miller succeeds in creating a character that is more than a footnote in a mans quest.
Now that we’ve passed the middle point of the year (July 2nd, unless its a leap year) I thought I’d share my reading update. I set myself an arbitrary goal of 50 books this year, there’s a blog post on my reasoning (or lack of) if you’re interested, so I thought this might be the perfect time to update you on my progress.
Conversationally others have commented on slumps being caused by book boredom. Not being able to find the right reading materials, reading too much (I’m not convinced by this on either!) and feeling intimidating by that ever-growing tbr and thus ignoring it entirely. The pressures of social media: reading the right books, posting the right pictures, writing the right reviews, also popped up frequently as a cause. The pressure to constantly post, whether to satisfy the algorithm or to remain relentlessly relevant and engaged, is an exhausting and unending cycle.